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加賀竿 Kaga-zao Kaga Fishing Rod

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Kaga Fishing rod is a high-quality fishing rod handed down in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture since the Edo period (1603-1868), when fishing was promoted as a healthy outdoor activity for samurai. Only samurai were allowed to fish Ayu (sweetfish) in those days. As the movements of the rod were similar to those of swords, fishing was a kind of secret training of swordsmanship. Fishing-pole makers began to appear around the era of Genroku (1688-1704) and produced robust fishing rods to meet the needs of samurai. In time, rods came to have lacquer finishes and be decorated, which led to the establishment of elegant and robust Kaga fly rods.
In the making of Kaga fishing rods, the two year old bamboo is heated at high temperature to makes it strong. The rod is then given repeated lacquering and polishing. As they were made for samurai, they needed to be of subdued appearance. The basic product was black and finished with roiro (high-gloss lacquering) technique. The strong but supple Kaga fly rods have once again become popular among anglers as a top class fishing rod.

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Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
Kaga Fishing Rod

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